Some portraits flatter, others caricature, and still others were done as an act of revenge. Take an entertaining look at these artworks—glamorous and elegant, commanding and supercilious—and hear intriguing stories, fascinating facts, and amusing anecdotes about the art of portraiture.
Florence Gould Theater
Intrigued by the challenges of painting a predominately white subject, the French Impressionists, in depicting winter landscapes, explored infinite combinations of color and light to create images that still resonate today.
Celebrating the Bay Area’s longstanding enthusiasm for Henri Matisse, Matisse from SFMOMA traces four decades of the artist’s career—from his early, Cézanne-inspired still lifes to his richly patterned and brightly colored figural paintings made in the 1920s and 1930s.
This intimate exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from the internationally acclaimed collection of works by Matisse at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), joined by two paintings and two drawings from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s own important Matisse holdings.
As the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor reopens after an extensive renovation project, join us for a daylong symposium dedicated to exploring the idea of the Salon Doré and the Parisian hôtel.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the symposium are sold out. Tune in online here on April 5 at 9:45 am for a live stream of the event, viewable in the player below.
Matisse Family Day celebration in conjunction with Matisse from SFMOMA and Matisse and the Artist Book
11 am–1 pm
Art making activities for all: Make your own artist book
Artist demonstration with paper artist Sara Burgess
Organ concert featuring music of the Matisse era
Drawing largely from the Fine Arts Museums' collection of works on paper, this lecture examines a wide range of artworks from the 17th century, focusing on a generous selection of etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn. The lecture also explores Rembrandt's predecessors and his followers, who produced virtuosic engravings, etchings, ink drawings, watercolors, and more.
The single most important gift of art in our nation's history came from the Kress Collection. From this gift, the Fine Arts Museums received a superb selection of Old Master paintings, making its holdings a "mini–National Gallery."
Andrew F. Stewart is professor of ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley.